AHS inducts new members to Hall of Fame
At the football game against the Gladewater Bears Friday, Oct. 27, the Atlanta Education Foundation (AEF) and Atlanta High School (AHS) Alumni Association will honor three distinguished AHS graduates and a dedicated public servant.
This is the sixth year for this tribute. The public is encouraged to attend all of the ceremonies.
This year, one lady and three gentlemen will be inducted into the Rabbit Alumni Hall of Fame. The inductees are Max Sandlin, Class of 1971; Carol Ann Clements, Class of 1993; and Robert Andrew “Drew” Stubbs, Class of 2003.
Receiving the Distinguished Service Award will be Gus Schuhmann, who has been a member of the Atlanta Independent School District Board of Trustees for nine years.
The festivities will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Independent School District Administration (AISD) Building at 106 W. Main St., which will include a proclamation by Atlanta Mayor Travis Ransom.
Following the soiree at the AISD Building, the celebration will move to Rabbit Stadium at 7 p.m., where the AEF and Alumni Association will present the honorees to the assembled Rabbit fans prior to the game.
MAX SANDLIN, 1971
Max Sandlin graduated with honors from Atlanta High School (AHS) in 1971.
He played football for four years and received an Honorable Mention on the All-District team.
He also played basketball for four years, was on the golf team two years and played American Legion baseball.
He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Cottontale staff and a member of the Science Club. He served on the AHS Student Council and was a delegate to American Legion Boys State.
Sandlin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1975. The university honored him as an Outstanding Young Alumni in 1988.
He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor Law School in 1978, and was a member of the team that won the 1978 National Championship Mock Trial Competition.
Following law school, he returned to East Texas and practiced law in Marshall. He was also active in the energy and banking industries.
Sandlin was a member of the Board of Directors of the East Texas Legal Services and on the board of a community bank. Elected as the County Judge in Harrison County, he later served as the Judge, County Court at Law in Harrison County. He also served on the executive committee of the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee.
In 1996, Sandlin was elected to represent the First Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 1997 to 2005. He was a member of the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Financial Services Committee. He was a part of House leadership, and served as minority Chief Deputy Whip. He was Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Financial Services Task Force and Chairman of the Blue Dog Energy Task Force.
Currently, he is general counsel for a public affairs company in Washington, D.C., and is past president and on the board of Feeding South Dakota.
He is a youth baseball and basketball coach and deems himself a “professional fisherman.”
He is married to Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who is an attorney and president of Augustana University in South Dakota. She previously served in the U.S. House, also. They reside in Sioux Falls, S. D., and have five children, three grandchildren and a dog named Fenway.
Carol Ann Clements is a 1993 graduate of Atlanta High School (AHS). During her years at AHS, she was a varsity cheerleader, class officer, National Honor Society inductee and a first place winner in the University Interscholastic League State Spelling competition.
After graduation, she attended Southern Methodist University (SMU), where she graduated with honors in 1997. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management science engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. She also earned a number of academic honors while at SMU, including the Engineering Honor Society, French Honor Society and Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.
She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority, where she served as both a collegiate Panhellenic Delegate and chapter Treasurer.
Upon graduation from SMU, Clements began her professional career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting. During her seven years with the firm, she served as a technology consultant to a number of Fortune 500 clients, including Sprint, JCPenney, AT&T and American Airlines.
She then spent 11 years in the technology department at Southwest Airlines, where she held various technology leadership roles, managing business intelligence technologies as well as overseeing the award-winning southwest.com eCommerce site.
Clements also led two multi-year technology initiatives: enabling the re-launch of Southwest’s All New Rapid Rewards program in 2011, followed by Southwest’s first-ever international expansion to eight countries in 2014.
She is currently the Chief Information Officer of Pizza Hut, where she is responsible for the technology strategy and innovation that powers over 6,000 Pizza Hut restaurants across the U.S.
She is leading a multi-year effort to modernize Pizza Hut’s restaurant technology, including the recent launch of advanced technology to predict delivery times with greater precision. She is also driving the brand’s big data and analytics strategy with a goal to provide an easy and personalized experience for Pizza Hut customers.
Her work at Pizza Hut earned her the distinction as one of the “Most Powerful Business Women in Texas in 2016.” The award, bestowed by the National Diversity Council, recognizes the women who have exhibited a proven record of success in their field. Selection for this distinction is based on each individual’s contributions to business growth and strategic direction, proven record of accomplishments and ability to serve as an effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring the next generation of female professionals.
Based in Dallas, Clements has a personal passion for travel and enjoys experiencing new cultures and destinations. Through a combination of business and personal travel, she has visited over 50 countries, which barely scratches the surface on her travel bucket list.
She is the daughter of Yvonne Clements of Atlanta and the late Robert Clements.
DREW STUBBS, 2003
Robert Andrew “Drew” Stubbs graduated from Atlanta High School in 2003, and during his high school career, he was salutatorian of the senior class, a member of the National Honor Society and was named Most Athletic and Most Likely to Succeed. He earned 13 varsity letters, participated in regional semi-finals in football, area finals in basketball, regional finals in baseball and was a two-time state champion in track.
Picked as a High School All-American in baseball, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the third round in 2003, but did not sign.
He chose instead to accept a baseball scholarship with the University of Texas (UT). While playing baseball for the Longhorns, Stubbs was a three-time All-American and two-time academic All-American and was a key part of a National Championship team during his time with Texas.
He was named the Longhorns’ Co-MVP, Big 12 Co-Player of the Year, and one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2006, which is the “Heisman” of baseball.
Despite playing just three seasons, Stubbs currently ranks fourth in school history with 204 games started, fifth with 792 at-bats, sixth with 31 home runs, fourth with 416 total bases and fourth with 86 stolen bases. He was also a two-time member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (2004-05).
Stubbs hit a game-winning triple for Team USA in the gold medal game against Japan at the 2004 FISU II World University Baseball Championship in Taiwan.
The Cincinnati Reds drafted him as the eighth overall pick in 2006. Stubbs made his Major League debut on August 19, 2009.
In his second game, he hit a game-winning home run to beat the San Francisco Giants. He hit his first career grand slam in 2010, against the Chicago Cubs. Later that year, he hit three home runs in one game, also against the Cubs.
He has been a professional baseball player for 12 years. He has played in over 900 major league games with 687 hits, 92 home runs and 161 stolen bases.
Currently he is a free agent, but during his career, he has played for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants.
Named to The Longhorn Hall of Honor in 2017, Stubbs joins a distinguished circle of individuals who have made a distinct and lasting contribution at the University of Texas.
This one of the most cherished athletic traditions at UT.
Atlanta High School retired his No. 13 jersey a few years ago with his parents standing by his side.
Active in his hometown as well, Atlanta Elementary School annually presents the Drew Stubbs Award to an Atlanta fourth grade student who exhibits academic success, outstanding sportsmanship and athletic ability. This student receives an autographed baseball signed by Stubbs. He has also spoken at the award presentation many times about the importance of hard work and good character.
He is the son of Ricky and Katherine Stubbs of Atlanta. He and his wife Brooke live in Austin and are expecting their first child next year.
Gus Schuhmann is the Atlanta Education Foundation’s 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Making education his life’s work, he is an outstanding example of distinguished service to Atlanta Independent School District (AISD).
He retired in 2004, after serving 46 years in education as a teacher and principal. Schuhmann served as principal of Atlanta Primary School for 16 years, principal of Atlanta Junior High for 13 years and as Atlanta High School teacher for 11 years.
Since May 2008, Schuhmann has served on the Board of Trustees of Atlanta ISD, where he is still shaping the future of our students and school district.
He grew up in Cass County as the son of a schoolteacher.
A career in education was not really his plan, so he moved away and tried several other jobs. He found that nothing but teaching satisfied him.
He says, “I think I was born with schoolteacher genes!” Cass County kept calling him to return and he and his wife both found teaching jobs here in Atlanta.
“There has been a lot of water under the bridge since I started teaching in 1957. I am still very much involved in school; it has been my life,” he expressed in a recent letter.
Schuhmann feels that all of his aspirations have been met with his dedication to public education. With the objective of preparing students for their future, he believes that students do not always understand the need for an education and it is the absolute duty of every educator to make learning relevant to their lives.
He says, “Students do not know or understand what they want or how to achieve their ambitions. This is where teachers and principals play a very important role. Teaching can be a very rewarding profession.
”A teacher’s reward comes down the road in many ways, some not always visible at first,” he continued.
In the end, Schuhmann believes that education was the most rewarding career he could have picked
He and his wife Donna are the parents of three children, Steven, Keri and Karen and have six grandchildren.
Founded in 2010 as non‐profit, philanthropic organization of citizens, the Atlanta Education Foundation (AEF) has been able to distribute in excess of $100,000 to deserving programs and teachers at AISD through the Prize Patrol, due to the support of generous donors and grants.
In addition to the Alumni Awards and the Prize Patrol, the AEF sponsors the Eddy Awards, which salutes top 10 percent of the AHS senior class each year.
If you would like to donate to the foundation, call the Atlanta Education Foundation at 903-796-4194.